PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's swimming and diving team fell to Harvard on Saturday, 189-104. It was Senior Day for the Quakers, who saw senior Pat Gallagher claim the team's only two individual victories of the day.
The meet opened with head coach Michael Schnur introducing the four Penn seniors - Alex Keeney, Chris Weitekamp, and co-captains Devon Carr and Gallagher. He cited the seniors' enthusiasm and called them "students" of swimming.
After the Senior Day ceremony, the undefeated first-place Crimson took over. Harvard won the first six events of the day, leading into the 50-free. There, Gallagher gave Penn its first win of the day. The senior raced out to a 21.02 time, winning over Harvard's top swimmer by more than half a second.
Five events later, Gallagher proved that his coach was not just talking when Schnur called him "the best freestyler [Penn has] had over the past four years in everything from the 50 to the 1650." In one of this year's long distance races, the 500, Gallagher got noticably stronger as the race went along, finishing in 4:43.61, almost three seconds ahead of the second place finisher, his teammate Devon Carr (4:46.26).
Penn earned its final victory of the day in the meet's last event, the 200-free relay. Seniors Carr and Gallagher led off the relay, and Chris Buck and Kyle Loughran finished the victory off in 1:24.44.
Although they had no other victories on the day, the Quakers did have several other impressive performances. In the 100-back, Joe Woodard finished second in 54.56. Chaz Maul followed that up with another second place finish in the next event, the 100-breast, swimming a 59.49.
Kyle Yeager was the next to earn a second-place finish, swimming a 1:55.97 in the 200-fly.
Although they did not take a victory, perhaps the most impressive event of the day for the Quakers was the 100-free. In that event, the Quakers took second, third and fourth places. Kyle Loughran took second (47.76), followed closely by Chris Buck (47.89) and Chris Weitekamp (48.22).
In the 200-back, Brad Farris took second, in 1:58.26. Finally, in the 200-IM, Weitekamp took second in 1:59.15.
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